Visualizing Deliberation to Enable Transparent Decision-Making in Participatory Urban Planning
   Anna de Liddo   
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                                          In this presentation we argue that in order to enable effective public participation in urban planning processes, the normally ephemeral deliberation process of public consultation needs to be captured and represented so that the information and knowledge gathered during deliberation is visible for all, can be effectively traced, reused, and can actively influence planning decisions. To scaffold this we describe the integration of three technologies (Comendium, FM and CoPe_it!) to create a collective project memory structured against five dimensions of participatory planning processes: dialogical, social, spatial, temporal and causal. Based on several authentic participatory planning cases, we report that the integrated use of knowledge mapping, online dialogue and video conferencing tools can effectively support deliberation across planning tasks, communication modes, time and environments. The coupled use of online and offline groupware technologies can create a more expressive and transparent participatory knowledge base than is possible with conventional media, and enhance participatory planning by: supporting the effective capture and visualisation of deliberation processes and products; providing a rich picture of the social setting in which planning decision develops and supporting reflection in and on planning actions.

Useful Links

My Website: http://kmi.open.ac.uk/people/member/anna-de-liddo

My PhD dissertation: http://kmi.open.ac.uk/publications/techreport/kmi-08-07

Paper Online Deliberation Conference 2010: http://oro.open.ac.uk/22279/

Presentation and talks: http://people.kmi.open.ac.uk/sbs/2010/07/participatory-multimedia-project-memory

Knowledge Mapping and Visualisation tools: http://people.kmi.open.ac.uk/anna/tools.html

Videos: - Mapping and Visualising the UK Election Debate with Compendium: http://projects.kmi.open.ac.uk/hyperdiscourse/ukelection/debatemaps/CompVid-short.mov

- Cohere's Social Semantic Network for Online Deliberation: http://www.youtube.com/user/deliddoa?feature=mhee#p/u/3/LoK0s1QzOI8